Published by Silk Raven Associates on May 23rd 2011
Genres: Horror, Supernatural, Post Apocalyptic
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
On the night where it begins snowing in every country of the world, a group of ordinary people gather at an old English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence, but as the night goes on, and weird things happen, they start to realise something far more sinister is occurring.
And that someone amongst them may be the cause of it all.
By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn’t.
In my determination to read all of author J.A. Konrath’s books, I stumbled upon another writer who collaborated with him on one of his novels, Holes in the Ground, the sequel to Konrath’s Origin. For that novel, author Iain Rob Wright integrated a couple of his characters from his book The Final Winter, which is about a group of people trapped in a pub during an epic snow storm. Like in Stephen King’s Storm of the Century, the snow storm proves to be deadlier than first believed, and the only way out is for the survivors to give up the person inside the pub who’s the cause of it all.
I thought that the plot was very well done, and the characters were very well-developed. Wright did a remarkable job slowly rolling out the characters’ backstory to keep readers guessing who was the person responsible for causing the apocalyptic storm. However, because of the novel’s similarities to the Stephen King novel, I pretty much figured out any twists and turns Wright tried to offer up. Despite this, Wright’s writing and humor made the story fun to read, and hard to put down. Aside from books from older writers, I don’t think I’ve read too many contemporary mystery/horror novels set in Britain, so this was a nice departure for me. I think I learned more about pubs from this novel than any before, and it’s always nice to have the information for future reference. 🙂
I enjoyed Wright’s novel so much, that I’m considering checking out his other work. He writes in the popular multi-POV format, and uses this to his advantage when ratcheting up the tension in his story. The pace stayed steady throughout, and I never got bored, even when reading a POV of an unlikable character. If you like mystery/suspense with a little horror thrown in, You might want to check out Iain Rob Wright. He provides just enough horror to keep you on the edge of your seat, but won’t gross you out.